Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

This is the world famous Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Fort McLeod, Alberta. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981. It is part of the history of the Blackfoot people and culture. 

According to Wikipedia and the Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive Centre, “The buffalo jump was used for 5,500 years (some say as much as 12,000 years ago) by the indigenous peoples of the plains to kill buffalo by driving them off the 11 metre (36 foot) high cliff.” 

According to legend, it wasn’t because of the buffalo’s heads smashing over the cliffs that it received its name but because a young Blackfoot boy wanted to see the buffalo hunt and started to climb the cliffs but the kill was so great that year that he was crushed under the weight of the falling buffalo. It is for this reason that the location has its name. 

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Bambi II

Bambi II – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Bambi II

I find all deer adorable and yet stunningly beautiful. This one is called Bambi II because I highlighted another one earlier on. This one is more like the Disney version with the light brown fur and little horns starting off. 

I like his huge black eyes and his black little nose. I like how big his ears are and how he is attentively listening to his environment. 

According to Canadian Geographic, “The deer is a great jumper and runner. It can reach speeds of up to 58 kilometres per hour (36 miles per hour). Like a cow, the white-tailed deer’s stomach has four compartments. This allows food to be processed more efficiently and means that the deer can feed on things that other mammals cannot process.” 

This was taken in the Jasper and Banff area of Alberta. 

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Cute One

Cute One – Photograph by Mary MIkawoz
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Cute One

I took this photograph of this prairie dog in Edmonton even though they can be found throughout the prairie regions of Canada.  

According to Wikipedia, “Prairie dogs (genus Cynomys) are herbivorous burrowing rodents native to the grasslands of North America. The five species are: black-tailed, white-tailed, Gunnison’s, Utah, and Mexican prairie dogs. They are a type of ground squirrel, found in North America.” 

I remember that in one of my very first cross-country races as a teenager was at Omand’s Creek and Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, I stepped into a gopher hole and twisted my ankle while running. I went over my ankle but I kept going and finished the race. I would have avoided the hole but there were so many runners around me and we were bunched up through a narrow pathway that I could not see it coming up all of a sudden. Live and learn. 

They are cute despite creating big holes and tunnels in the ground which can be dangerous. 

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Beaver Dam

Beaver Dam - Photography and Digital Art by Mary Mikawoz
Beaver Dam – Photography and Digital Work by Mary Mikawoz

Beaver Dam

The basis of this is a photograph I took at Elk Island National Park near Edmonton, Alberta. They have a number of hikes and walkways. This is the walkway going through the swamp area. There was this finely built architectural featured called a beaver dam on the left-hand side of the swamp. 

I once saw and was in a replica beaver dam at the Manitoba Children’s Museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It was absolutely fascinating how the beavers build their homes. 

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Blue Hue Mountains

Blue Hue Mountains
Blue Hue Mountains Photography by Mary Mikawoz

Blue Hue Mountains

These are beautifully and individually sculpted mountains. Each mountain is different from the next. There are various hues of blue ranging from the mountains to the sky. I hope you like it too. 

This photograph was taken in the Banff-Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada. 

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Spectacular Alberta View

Mikawoz Spectacular Alberta View

Spectacular Alberta View

This photograph was taken on top of the ride on the Lake Louise Gondola ride. It showcases the emerald green lake of Lake Louise and behind her, the great Victoria Glacier.

According to Wikipedia, “Lake Louise is named after the Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848–1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, who was the Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883.”

Also, “The turquoise colour of the water comes from rock flour carried into the lake by melt-water from the glaciers that overlook the lake,”

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Bullwinkle

Mikawoz Bullwinkle

Bullwinkle

I have named this beautiful moose “Bullwinkle” after the TV animated series of the same name. It was taken in Alberta, Canada.

According to Wikipedia, “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends is the blanket title for an American animated television series that originally aired from November 19, 1959, to June 27, 1964, on the ABC and NBC television networks.”

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Birds on my Back

Mikawoz Birds on my Back

Birds on my Back

This is a photograph I took of a Bison with 3 little birds on his back. I love the way nature works together to live in harmony. It was taken in the buffalo paddock.

Interesting to note from Quora, “Many birds like to hang around large grazing animals because these animals disturb insects living in the grass, as Bison or Cows move around grazing there’s a good chance of easy pickings for birds that know this. What better place to watch for lunch than on the back of the animal that is stirring the pot!”

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Prince of Wales Hotel

Mikawoz Prince of Wales Hotel

Prince of Wales Hotel

I took this photograph looking back as we left for a ride from a boat on Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada.

This is Prince of Wales Hotel located in Waterton. According to Wikipedia, “The Prince of Wales Hotel was designed by, and was built for the Great Northern Railway company. The hotel is presently managed by the Pursuit Collection.”

Further, it was opened in July 1927 and is 121 feet tall or 35 metres with seven floors. We had the opportunity to have supper.

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Wind Turbines

Mikawoz Wind Turbines

Wind Turbines

Thankfully we, as a society, are looking at alternative energy sources. Here is a photograph that I took of a line of very tall wind turbines. The skyline was very dramatic that day. This picture was taken in Alberta, home to the major oil producers in Canada who have alternative sources of energy too.

According to Wikipedia, “A wind turbine, or alternatively referred to as a wind energy converter, is a device that converts the wind’s kinetic energy into electrical energy. Wind turbines are manufactured in a wide range of vertical and horizontal axis.”

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